HP Sticking with WebOS, No Windows Phone Devices

HP recently spent $1.2 Billion dollars to purchase Palm, effectively to collect the company’s new WebOS mobile operating system. The OS received an absurd amount of pre-launch hype before delays allowed Android to catch up and manufacturing financing shortages, lack of additional units, led to less than stellar performance. By selling to HP, Palm hoped the powerhouse could leverage it’s resources to take the promising OS to new heights.

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Although HP is one of Microsoft’s biggest customers, they won’t be making any Windows Phones. They paid $1.2 Billion on WebOS and they’ll be putting their entire mobile backing behind that product line. They don’t feel it will affect their relationship with Microsoft:

We continue to be Microsoft’s largest customer, and we continue to believe we will drive innovation with Microsoft. At the same time, I think it’s clear to say, that we’re very focused on the customer, and giving the customer the experience that’s important to them. We won’t do — will not do a Linux / Android phone. We won’t do a Microsoft phone…Our intent is to focus those resources and really make webOS the best OS it can be.

I don’t think HP is the best fit for WebOS and I have a feeling that eventually we’ll see HP come back to use Windows Phone in the future. WebOS is an interesting platform, though, and I hope it survives for the sake of the ecosystem.

[Via CNBC]


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